Mistakes sink Wizards in summer league opener

Mistakes sink Wizards in summer league opener
July 13, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Wizards-Warriors Summer League highlights

LAS VEGAS – With Otto Porter in the starting lineup, the Wizards looked anything but polished in their first summer league game at Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV.

The Wizards' other rookie, second-round pick Glen Rice, had the more eye-catching moments as they fell 56-52 on Saturday. 

Porter, the No. 3 overall pick in last month's draft, had seven points on 3-for-13 shooting. Rice was 3 of 12 for eight points. 

The Wizards shot 19-for-61, or 31.1%, and had 21 turnovers. The Warriors were actually worse  shooting, going 15-for-58, or 25.9%.  Both teams combined to shoot 5-for-30 from three-point reange. 

Spark plug: Andrew Lawrence, an undrafted rookie from College of Charleston, saw his first action late in the third quarter and instantly energized the Wizards. He hit a three-point shot and made a steal on the Warriors’ next possession that led to a transition three-pointer by Rice. They took a 39-37 lead.

Bad timing: Jan Vesely still looks lost in half-court sets, and at times was completely out of sync with Sundiata Gaines in the pick-and-roll. As Gaines drew the double-team and waited for Vesely to roll to occupy the paint where he would've been wide open, he instead floated to the top of the key which eliminated any passing angles. The results: bad passes and turnovers that weren't all Gaines' fault. 

Good form: Looking at the stat sheet, Chris Singleton didn't shoot well. But he actually did. Singleton missed his first lane jumper and was able to get past the defense of Draymond Green to attack the basket. He didn't always finish. Singleton knocked down a three-pointer in the third quarter and was fouled by Green. Singleton, who is battling for playing time after a sporadic 2012-13 season, finished with a team-high 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting. 

Noteworthy: Porter started at shooting guard and didn't share the floor with Rice until the last six minutes of the game. Rice had the play of the game when he used a pump fake to get to the rim for a dunk to put the Wizards ahead 45-39. Rice played 23 minutes. 

DNP: Devin Booker, the brother of Wizards forward Trevor Booker, Lorne Jackson and Maurice Sutton didn't not see any action.